Mala dedicated to the Goddess Medusa
Mala dedicated to the Crone Goddess Medusa.
The Wise One, the Keeper of the Dark Moon Mysteries, the Goddess of Death and Rebirth. Classical interpretations of Medusa see her as a fierce woman with snakes in her hair, turning any man to stone with just one look. Her true origins are unsurprising to anyone keen on unearthing the truths of the feminine divine hidden by years of patriarchy. The story of the woman with snakes in her hair in fact finds its roots in North Africa. It is in these roots that we see depictions of a dark goddess with locs in her hair, not snakes. Medusa is dark moon Crone incarnation of the pre-Dynastic Egypt and Libyan Triple Moon Goddess, Neith and Anatha, respectively, and rose from the primeval floodwaters of Lake of the Triple Queens in Libya. As Anatha, her moon sisters are the Maiden, Athena and the Mother, Metis. She is the most powerful of the Anatha triplet and was originally linked with divination, healing, magic, and death and renewal. The pouch she wore around her waist contained live snakes representing wisdom and renewal. Her face, as with Kali's, is associated with divine female wisdom. The fearsome red mask she wears represents the power of menstrual cycles and protects the uninitiated from seeing the truth and being 'exposed' to her wisdom. She was destroyed by the invading Greeks and this death is a destruction of Matrifocal Amazonian way of life.
Made with all Fair Trade materials: Zulu Imfibinga/Ubuchwabasi/Teething seeds, a Ghanaian Ankara waxed cotton tassel (handmade by me!), a hand-rolled Barkcloth (tree bark) guru bead and recycled paper marker beads both handmade in Ndejji, Uganda, Labradorite, Charoite, Garnet, Amethyst and a Fair Trade, sterling silver Snake charm hand-cast in Thailand.
Labradorite: Labradorite calms an overactive mind and energises the imagination, bringing in new ideas. It is a wonderful tool for returning joy and spontaneity back to one's life. It helps eliminate the emotional drain of daily routine or being weighed down by responsibility, and awakens a sense of adventure and change. Labradorite is a powerful protector of the aura, preventing energy leakage, and others from tapping into and draining your personal energy.
Garnet: The Garnet in this piece represents female sexuality and fertility. Garnet is known to energise and regenerate in order to balance energy, bringing serenity and passion by inspiring love and devotion. It soothes the root chakra and represents the fertile lands given to us by Gaia.
Charoite: Charoite stimulates inner vision and spiritual insight, synthesising the heart and crown charts to cleanse the aura and stimulate unconditional love - everything you need to cope with great change at a spiritual level. It provides deep physical and emotional healing, helping you to accept the present moment as perfect.
Amethyst: Amethyst calms and aids meditation, stimulating the third eye. It is a high vibration stone that transmutes energy into love. It has the power to block negative environment energies and enhance higher states of consciousness
All beads are hand-knotted on a deep maroon cord.